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Aly Raisman shocked the world today when she executed a near flawless performance in the preliminary sessions of women's gymnastics.
All the talk has been about her teammates Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas going 1-2 for the individual all-around, with Raisman virtually a non-factor. Some people didn't even think Raisman should compete in the all-around.
Raisman, the oldest member of the five-person squad (18), has always been a consistent worker but was not considered as strong as Douglas and Wieber.
She was a top contender for a slot throughout the Day 2 competition though, while Douglas and Wieber had what they can consider off-days.
Raisman's score of 15.325 on floor gave her a total of 60.391, slipping her past Douglas for the top performance (American and world) and taking her best friend Wieber out of the running.
"Aly’s success today just proves that hard work pays off," U.S. coach Martha Karolyi said in an interview with the Associated Press. "She’s one of the most serious and hardest-working girls in training. So finally it came true, and she was able to perform at the (highest) level."
Raisman finished the day second in the all-around standings.